Sneak Preview…2017 Bloomsday Montréal June 10 to June 16
Registration Opens May 1, 2017
(Schedule of events subject to change)
Saturday June 10
Walking Tour, The History of the Irish in Montreal. Walk, talk, and learn about history, memory, class, and community in this fascinating walking tour of Irish Montreal. Starts at the Old Dublin Pub, 636 rue Cathcart. 10 am to 12 pm. $15.
Festival Opener — Reception and Registration
Festival Opener, get a first-hand look at all the Festival Bloomsday Montréal events scheduled between June 10 and Bloomsday, June 16. Register in-person at the Festival Opener or online. Special guest speakers, finger food, and live music by The Bombadils. Palco Bar, 4019 Wellington, Verdun. Metro station de l’Église. 4 pm to 6 pm. Free!
Sunday June 11
Irish Brunch, hats off to Chef Peter Saunders! Our Bloomsday supporter and talented connoisseur of fine food organizes the brunch — now a popular annual event. Evoo Restaurant, 3426 Notre-Dame. 11 am to 3 pm. Call for reservations: 514-846-3886.
Reading, Pub Supper & Quiz
Molly Bloom Soliloquy & Pub Quiz, enjoy a pint, tasty pub supper, and an evening of rollicking Joycean entertainment. Actress Kathleen Fee reads from the “Penelope” passage that closes Ulysses. Stay in your seat — we wrap the evening with a pub quiz of all things Irish. Irish Embassy Pub 1234 Bishop Street. 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, $10.
Monday June 12
Meet the Author – Academic Panel at Concordia
The Found Voice, Denis Sampson opens up his recent book, The Found Voice: Writers’ Beginnings, Oxford University Press. This fascinating study of five major writers — V.S. Naipaul, J.M. Coetzee, Mavis Gallant, Alice Munro and William Trevor — reveals how each found a unique voice at a turning point in their writing careers. Followed by academic panels at the School of Irish Studies with graduate students; including presentations in French. Concordia University, Hall building, 10th floor, 1455 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O. 11 am to 3 pm. Free!
Irish Community Cultural Exhibit, with live music by The Bombadils. McKibbin’s Irish Pub, 1426 Bishop, 3rd floor. 5 pm to 9 pm, free!
Tuesday June 13
Film night, presenting Shem the Penman Sings Again, directed by Pádraig Trehy, with additional short films. De Sève Cinéma, 1400 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O. 7 pm to 9 pm, $10.
Irish Slam Night, a night of storytelling, poetry, and readings with special guest hosts and artists. We will also have an open mic portion to bring out your inner Irish poet! Kafein café-bar, 1429 Bishop Street. 9 pm to 12:30 am. Free!
Wednesday June 14
Keynote Lecture, Introducing Mr. Joyce’s Ulysses. A reception will follow with our honored guest, the Irish Ambassador to Canada, Jim Kelly. James Joyce was attentive to Jewish culture and cast his famous protagonist — Leopold Bloom — as a Jewish advertising salesman. Leading Joycean scholar, Michael Kenneally, Principal of Concordia’s School of Irish Studies, will touch on this important and interesting dynamic in Ulysses as he takes us on a literary journey through its famous passages. The Jewish Public Library, 5151 Cote Ste. Catherine Road. 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, $15.
Irish Community Pub Quiz, hosted by the Montreal Shamrocks, with a special prize for pub quiz team winners. Hurley’s Irish Pub, 1225 Crescent Street. 8 pm to 12 am, $10.
Thursday June 15
Storytelling and Music
Growing Up Irish, master storytellers Jan Gregory and Margaret Nicolai join pianist Natalia Davydova and soprano Kathleen McAuliffe for a lunch hour of Joycean stories and music. Listen and singalong — you’ll hear some of the best-loved tunes that appear in the works of James Joyce. Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Ave, Westmount. 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. Free!
Concert Night, with music by The Bluegrazzers (Celtic/folk/bluegrass). Hurley’s Irish Pub, 1225 Crescent Street. Doors open at 8 pm, show starts at 8:30 pm, free!
Friday June 16
Bloomsday Readings from Ulysses with the theme of “Voices.” If you are new to the festival, June 16 is Bloomsday and Montreal joins hundreds of cities around the world to mark this special anniversary of the day on which Ulysses is set. Do not miss these dramatic readings from Ulysses by local media personalities and actors. Insight and context comes along with Joycean experts, Maggie Benfield and Denis Sampson, who introduce each reading. Westmount library, 4574 Sherbrooke Street West. 11 am to 3 pm, free!
Bloomsday Tea, with a repeat of Growing up Irish (see events of June 15). Westmount library, 4574 Sherbrooke Street West. 3:30 pm to 5 pm, free!